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Archive for October 2009

Amnesty International alert for Chihuahua human rights official Hickerson

The entire alert can be seen here. An excerpt:

Gustavo de la Rosa Hickerson has been in charge of the Ciudad Juárez office of the Chihuahua CEDH since April 2008. He has been one of the few officials to publicly recognize that there has been a large increase in the number of complaints of serious human rights violations, including torture and extrajudicial executions in Ciudad Juárez, by the armed forces carrying out police duties. The CEDH has only limited powers to receive such complaints, but as other institutions have failed to take action the Ciudad Juárez CEDH office has undertaken to accepted complaints, publicly criticize military abuses and press the appropriate authorities to respond. This has led to severe criticism from the local military commander. The president of the CEDH based in Chihuahua City has ordered Gustavo de la Rosa Hickerson to stop receiving complaints from victims of alleged abuses by the military and refused to support his request for protection.

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October 14, 2009 at 12:17 pm

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Unusual exchange on Times’ editor’s column

Someone calling themselves “small-media-large” flamed Times’ Editor Chris Lopez on this column by Lopez. The weird thing is the response from Lopez (unless it’s someone naming themselves Lopez, and the comments have been unmoderated and unseen by Times’ management). Lopez tells the writer to “get a little tonight.” Is that what one would consider “earthy” and of the people or is that inappropriate for an editor of a daily publication? Not the typical fare, that’s for sure!

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October 12, 2009 at 8:29 am

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Jobe called out for desert trail destruction on land leased from state for quarry

Jim Tolbert at the blog El Paso Naturally has this take on actions recently taken by Stanley Jobe to begin a quarry on land leased from the state. Here is the opening of the posting:

Stanley Pruet Jobe has destroyed the Lower Sunset Trail and with it the cherished mountain to river corridor. With bulldozed trails he has marked his territory much like many male mammal beasts mark theirs with their odorous urine. His No Trespassing signs are aligned like a barbed wire fence over and around the hills above Arroyo 42 and dip down into what was once scenic walkways of sedimentary rock and animal habitat.

Just this past Monday evening Jobe met with the Borderland Mountain Bike Association who first discovered his clandestine slashings of huge swaths of desert. He told them pointedly that he intends to quarry 480 acres of the land that the State of Texas General Land Office leased to him. He is in the right place where transporting mountainsides of dirt and gravel to developers, road builders and landscapers will be cheap and easy and very profitable.

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October 9, 2009 at 5:26 pm

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Another gubernatorial candidate, Debra Medina

From the NPT Inbox:

The El Paso Campaign for Liberty to Host Meet and Greet With Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Debra Medina

EL PASO, TX (October 7, 2009) – The El Paso Campaign for Liberty will welcome Debra Medina to the Sun City by hosting a meet and greet session followed by a Town Hall Meeting October 23, 2009. The event will take place at the El Paso Police Department Westside Regional Command Center located at 4801 Osborne, El Paso Texas 79912. The public is welcomed to shake hands with and talk to Debra Medina from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm and is encouraged to participate in the Town Hall Meeting that will take place from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. There will be light refreshments served.

To learn more please visit or watch Debra Medina’s message at

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October 8, 2009 at 8:30 pm

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Shapleigh’s Supreme wedding judge

Former EP Times reporter Brandi Grissom reported recently that state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh got married. Here’s another tidbit: Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who grew up in El Paso, officiated at the wedding.

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October 8, 2009 at 6:25 am

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Burnt Orange Report on TTC Commissioner Houghton: ‘Arrogant’

See the video here. Maybe they don’t get much of Ted Houghton out there, but from here, sounds like he’s being sarcastic, a reference to the heat he took from among others, state Rep. Joe Pickett, chairman of House Transportation and a leading critic of the Texas Department of Transportation, which the Texas Transportation Commission oversees.

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October 7, 2009 at 1:42 pm

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Daily Kos on Shapleigh’s ‘Texas on the Brink’ series

A writer on the DailyKos named jfester posted an item about state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh’s reports, “Texas on the Brink.” Here’s an excerpt of his piece. For the full article, click here.

My family moved down to Dallas a few years ago from New York. To my early surprise, Dallas was a progressive urban sprawl city that seemed like it was expanding on a daily basis. The mixture of young professional, Mexican, Tejano, gay, and cowboy culture made for a city that should lead the way for the rest of the state. But when you dig deeper, and pull back the, “facade of progress,” Texas is no more than a failed attempt at creating a ideologically conservative state.

Over the last few months, Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry has been ranting and raving about the potential for Texas seceding from the union. He has been prophetically calling for the importance of, “states rights,” which for many, have recalled memories of anti-segregation speech during the Civil Rights Era. And recently, when Gov. Perry was asked about the terrible problems facing his state, and the effect of the recession on Texans, he responded by questioning that there even was a recession. The leadership of the state is not only delusional, it is dangerous, and Texas is slowly sinking into irrevocable damage.

A Texas State Senator from El Paso, Eliot Shapleigh, over the last few years, has run series of reports on the state of Texas entitled, “Texas on the Brink” (google doc). In this post, I will present some of the striking statistics about Texas, and how the leadership and failed policies have left it’s citizens in a worse position than another other state in the country. I will go back to his article throughout this piece, it is an important article, not only for Texans.

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October 6, 2009 at 8:24 pm

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